Local Awareness Raising Actions

Local Awareness Raising Actions

Cultural Heritage and Diversity

Project descriptions

Divided according to region and presented in alphabetical order by country. Please click on the name of the organisation if you wish to be redirected to their website for further information. 



Action de Développement Communautaire Dilua Dibua (ADCDD) 

Republic Democracy of Congo

ADCDD is a non-governmental organization that deals with formal, non-formal education, environment and human rights.

Project – Festival Culturel De Tshangu

The Tshangu Cultural Festival is an opportunity for the Congolese people to promote cultural diversity and popularize traditions and customs; Promoting cultural exchanges for better understanding and mutual respect, facilitating mutual expressive understanding of ethnic diversity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Project start: 16/01/2017 Project end: 20/12/2017


Center for International Voluntary Service (CIVS) civs-logo-jpeg


CIVS is a community development agency operating especially in the marginalised and poverty-stricken rural areas of Kenya. We pursue an integrated socio-economic and cultural development approach in the fight against poverty and social exclusion of Kenyan communities under the maxim “development by people”. CIVS supports guides and mentors efforts with innovative and customized high quality services.

CIVS Community Development Program focuses on the areas of Food Security, Water & Sanitation, Vulnerable Children & HIV/AIDS, Good Governance and Emergency Relief and thus improves the lives of the most vulnerable community members.

Project – Re-introduction of Indigenous vegetables foods

CIVS Kenya intends to implement a Community Development Project in Western Kenya in order to improve household nutrition and income on the basis of traditional, indigenous vegetables and crops which are adapted to the local conditions. The reason for this being that the food base for the rural population has become narrower, leaving communities more vulnerable to food shortages and nutrient-deficiency diseases. Additionally there has been a significant rise of life style diseases across the country due to the adaptation of what is considered a more modern or westernized lifestyle. Many people have neglected the rich and diverse agricultural heritage of Kenya and forgotten about the benefits traditional foods.

The workcamp will be implemented at the Ahero Resource Center in Western Kenya for 3 weeks each. The Workcamp will comprise of both, international and national volunteers. During their time in the camp volunteers will participate in different activities such as farming of indigenous crops and vegetables, preparing healthy meals with the locally use material, foods or learn more about the heritage of Western Kenyan cuisine and life during several inter active session and home visits. We will organize a cultural day for each Workcamp whereby community members prepare traditional meals with the volunteers and in return receive seeds for planting indigenous vegetables and crops and their farms in order to increase the coverage of farmland with them.

Project start: 25/05/2017 Project end: 08/06/2017

CIVS – Kenya



Kenya Voluntary Development Association (KVDA) kvda


KVDA has since 2009 been among organizations under the auspices of CCIVS that have since inception of the program implemented it in partnership with volunteers drawn from different countries and the local people. KVDA has consistently over the years organized World Heritage Volunteers service program at this project that has profoundly made a big difference in the lives of the needy in society that are confronted with myriad challenges and foremost the restoration of the Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests.

Project – Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests

This project is a joint effort involving Kenya Voluntary Development Association (KVDA), Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), UNESCO World Heritage Program, Shimba Hills Forest Guides Association (SHIFOGA) and Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forest. Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests is a UNESCO listed world heritage site in Kenya.First of all, it aims at sparking interest about the importance and necessity to protect and promote cultural and natural heritage in general and World Heritage related sites in particular.

The target group must be as wide as possible and include motivated volunteers, hosting local communities and concerned authorities. Then, the WHV projects are expected to develop appreciation of the WH values through non formal education methods disseminating the inter-governmental and national expertise to a large public and more specifically young people.

Lastly, work camps run by international voluntary service organizations and whose activities are based on the concrete needs of the site are the type of project chosen to bring local and international communities together around the issue of WH in connection with the issue of sustainable development. Such process not only aims at the participation of the most relevant projects but also a better coordination of the selected projects.

Project start: 08/07/2017 Project end: 29/07/2017


Global Voluntary Development Association (GVDA)gvda


GVDA is an organization offering high quality programs to partners and participants with 120 partners worldwide, Offering cultural exchange programs which combines summer camps, group, home stay, cross-cultural learning, ecotourism, community tourism, internship, mid and long term international volunteer positions, work and travel and volunteer programs. GVDA aims to promote and organize voluntary service activities in co-operation with local communities as well as other local, national and international organizations as a means of fostering greater confidence between people of different social cultural, political or religious background.

Project – Maasai Mara

The Maasai tribe (or Masai) is a unique and popular tribe due to their long preserved culture. Today, the Maasai people live on a smaller piece of land in the Kajiado and Narok districts, surrounded by these now Kenya’s fine game reserves. The project aims to bring local and international communities to help conserve, protect and rehabilitate the site through youth action camps and cross borders exchanges, in order to envision a sustainable natural environment in which humans live in harmony with nature. The project aspires to promote awareness both locally and internationally among young people on the importance of Masaai Mara, to empower community teamwork and cooperation, to improve water sanitation and to prepare young people and teachers to meet present and future challenges as well as promoting education for culture and peace and international understanding.

Project start: 04/07/2017 Project end: 26/07/2017


Associacao dos Jovens Voluntarios (AJOV)ajov-logo


AJOV  in this year more than 50 international volunteers will land in the soil of Mozambique to participate in more than 10 projects in the form of volunteer work camp, taking place in the provincial Nampula, Cabo Delgado, Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo.

Project – One Garden different Colours

Runs from 13 March to 21 April 2017, in the district of Boane, province of Maputo, the field of international volunteering, with the participation of volunteers from region of Africa and not only. We invite to young people with more than 18 years to register for their participation.

Regarding the aims and objectives of this great project we can briefly describes it on the following modes: Our project attain to view CULTURE as a potential tool for the Construction of a global Community where somebody is accepted regarding s/he’s beliefs, Language, Race and so forth. Knowing that we are more than what others may think we are or even, not what they believe and say that we are therefore, “if you gave me a chance, you would know who I really am”

Project start: 04/09/2017 Project end: 18/09/2017


International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) icye


ICYE is a legally registered NGO which started operations in 1982 as an independent establishment within a Christian organization in Lagos, Nigeria. ICYE Nigeria consists of a National Committee office with Staff and Co-workers. ICYE aspires towards the development of the leadership of young people through living and working abroad between six months to one year. The exposure and experience of these young people as volunteers in a different environment and culture is of great benefit to them. These benefits include meeting new people, learning new language and culture, developing skills based on working environment.

Project – The fading tradition of ‘Adire’ fabric in Yorubaland

The tradition of indigo dyeing goes back centuries in West Africa. The craft of dyeing clothes has been passed from one generation to the other in decades among the Yoruba people in the southern-western Nigeria and it is practiced with utmost pride and precision. As widespread as indigo dyeing was all over Yorubaland, a few centres have been identified as the major centers of indigo-dyeing in Yorubaland. Oshogbo in Southwestern Nigeria was renowned for the Yoruba, patterned, indigo – dyed cloth; Adire. This art tradition however suffered a lull in the twilight of Nigerian Colonialism in the 1950s, due to lack of willing young apprentices to learn this generational art. Another challenge was the flooding of Nigerian markets with cheaper, imported textiles, which were not taxed, while the locally produced ones were. Hand in hand with these twin problems is the mindset of many educated Nigerians, who then saw the Adire merely as rural cloth for poor, illiterate, rural dwellers.

The Action is to launch a cultural revival of Adire by highlighting cultural centres where young people can master the art of Adire making, encourage the incursion of men into the Adire Art which used to be a generational female art, collaborate with Nigerian fashion designers on how to include Adire in their collection and point out how the fabric can influence their designs.

Project start: 01/03/2017 Project end: 31/07/2017

ICYE – Nigeria


Voluntary Work camp Association of Nigeria (VWAN) vwan


VWAN was founded in 1963 principally to reach out to rural community and employ all resources at her disposal to elevate the standard of rural community. It is observed that rural areas are suffering from neglect and in most cases lack of good support. Various efforts of the government at meeting these basic essentials have not been sufficient hence the need for the organization to arrange young people to work together with the community to realize these basic necessities of life. Some of the rural areas lack some of these infrastructures and facilities.

Project –  Construction Chairs Around Old Primary School & Community Campaigns on Idanre Hill

Engaging young people and local community in learning about World Heritage and stressing the importance of protecting Idanre hill through practical collective action. The aim of the project is the Provision of Sofa Chairs Around the Old Primary School to give rest to Guests & Visitors that visit the site and to run a Community Campaign to create more awareness for the people. Specifically, the action camp will focus on;

– Engaging volunteers in the conservation of Idanre hill; construct concrete chairs and waste separation bins on the site

– Facilitate learning about World Heritage; the outstanding cultural value history bequeathed at Idanre Hill

– Raise awareness to young people and local community about the importance of promoting and protecting World Heritage

– Foster exchange and application of transversal practical skills in the protection of Heritage

Project start: 16/09/2017 Project end: 30/09/2017

VWAN – Nigeria


Association Togolaise des Volontaires Au Travail (Astovot) astovot


Astovot is one of the oldest voluntary associations in Africa. Since its creation in 1964, it has remained active in intercultural exchanges and community development. Its main missions are: Promote intercultural exchanges in order to facilitate mutual understanding and promote peace. To safeguard the ecological, socio-cultural, health and educational environment in order to improve the human condition.Mobilize and sensitize youth from all walks of life to become the actors of change at local and global level. Astovot has more than 100 active members and volunteers in its locals. It organises activities with local and international partners (in Africa, Asia, America and Europe).

Project – Festival Culturel D’Education Populaire Kekeli

“KEKELI” means in ewe “LIGHT”. Its general objective is to promote the development of the prefecture of Kloto by enhancing its cultural and social heritage through lively and convivial performances with intra- and intercultural exchanges. More specifically, it aspires to create a cultural space that allows traditional musicians and artists to perform and demonstrate respect for diversity, allowing the Kpalimé population and holidaymakers to discover older and more recent artistic forms, unknown. Also to provide visibility to young artists and artisans and use the educational dimension of folklore and artistic expression to raise awareness of citizenship. Another objective is to strengthen the professional capacities and skills of the actors involved in the organization of the festival.

Project start: 17/07/2017 Project end: 30/07/2017

Astovot – Togo


UVDAUganda Voluntary Development Association (UVDA)


UVDA- is a non-profit organization registered in Uganda charity No.2058, whose mission is to raise awareness about the necessity to protect, preserve and promote cultural and natural heritage in the country.

Project -Cultural and Natural Heritage

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park provides stunning views of glacier and snowcapped mountains just kilometers from the equator, where it is contiguous with the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Having the third highest mountain in Africa at 5,109 m (after Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya), the Park includes a much larger alpine area than either, covering an area of 99,600 ha of which 70% lies at over 2,500 m in height. The Rwenzori Mountains are the highest and most permanent sources of the River Nile, and constitute a vital water catchment. Their multitude of fast flowing rivers, magnificent waterfalls and stratified vegetation make the property exceptionally scenic and beautiful. The mountains are well-known for their unique alpine flora which includes many species endemic to the Albertine Rift in the higher altitude zones including giant heathers, groundsels and lobelias. The Park also supplies local communities with various wild resources and is an important cultural heritage.

The project outreach will focus on Production of a documentary for promotion and visibility purposes, tree planting for hands on conservation skills, conducting dialogue with the communities around and a cultural festival. We intend to reach out to 1500 local people with the involvement of 6 local and 9 international volunteers totaling to 15 volunteers excluding 2 MTVs.

Project start: 11/08/2017 Project end: 01/09/2017

UVDA – Uganda


Good Word Society (GWS)


GWS aims to encourage volunteers for getting involved into our society and to promote international awareness development and international voluntary movement. Moreover, we want our volunteers to take part in these programs, through it, our volunteers are able to bind a local with a global awareness. Working along with International volunteers from all over the world, will develop language skills and team work skills, which are nowadays very important for our society to build networks and relationships.

Project – Bahrain Fort

The project aims to achieve the young volunteers for the following purposes:

– Definition of the importance of Bahrain Fort as one of the most important historical places in the region and which are universal.

-Spread the awareness regarding the word Heritage preservation in general and Bahrain Fort as one of the most important historical place in middle east

– A campaign maintenance and upkeep of the site with the help of specialists in order to expand the cultural use of the site.

-Educate the local population of the importance of the protection of historical heritage in general and Bahrain Fort particular.

– Encourage tourist visits program with youth participants from around the world

The programme contributes to bringing the people more to the nature by knowing some of the hidden life of the different species of birds. The goal of the program is to make the people acquainted with the importance of the nature and birds through demonstrating live examples aiming at acquiring their support and advocacy for the nature conservation processes against the threats and the pressures that the nature and the birds are facing.

Project start: 17/11/2017 Project end: 27/11/2017


DreamWalker China (DWC) dream-walker


DWC is a social purpose organization that believes everyone can make positive contribution and change to their own personal development, as well as to global development, through international voluntary service and sustainable change making actions. DWC collaborates with and supports both local and overseas communities, social enterprises, and innovative charities to not only foster a world of change makers, but also plant the seed for a united and peaceful world.

Project – Cultural Heritage Preservation and Promotion

Fuzhou city has a long history of rich cultural heritage and resources that had profound impact on the Chinese history and modern celebrated culture. It has been named the “Hometown of Scholar and Talent” and the “City of Culture”. Many folk arts from years of heritage and techniques, which has been passed down through many generations, can be discovered in this city. Educating the public of their value and importance, in addition to teaching of why and how to appreciate these forms of art are all important in preserving the cultural heritage of the city and the country.

The project aims to promote the preservation of traditional Chinese art and craftsmanship (intangible cultural heritage), enhance international exchange and folk art and culture. Other objectives are to inspire future change makers who are impactful towards arts and cultural heritage preservation (Change makers are individuals who gain skills and resources they need to collaborate on solving complex social problems). Project actions include: to observe and learn Chinese art and culture, such as calligraphy, carving, and paper cutting, to organize a charity sales of the local and international art & cultural products towards the end of the workcamp and to participate in discussions on change making stories or ideas on arts and cultural heritage preservation whether they are from your country or from others.

Project start: 08/07/2017 Project end: 16/07/2017

DreamWalker – China


Rural Centre for Human Interests (Ruchi) ruchi-logo


RUCHI is a non-political, non-profit organisation committed to the development of rural India. RUCHI began in October 1980 in a remote village in Chopal in the Shimla District. It was registered under The Societies Registration Act of 1860 in 1983, and its headquarters are now located at Bandh, a small village in the Himalayan foothills of Himachal Pradesh State, Northern India. RUCHI is now working in over 100 villages in the steep mountainous terrain of the Sirmour and Solan districts. RUCHI is partnered with international non-government organisations (NGO’s), such as RNZWCS in New Zealand, Rotary International, Charities Aid Foundation, HelpAge International, U.K., MISEREOR in Germany and CCIVS in France.

Project – Mountain people: Food, body and language

Our activity will take place in culturally rich and mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh in north India also known as Dev Bhoomi (Land of God). Our action will focus on preserving and promoting age old traditions and practices of mountain people which has given them a identity over time but now are under threat due to western influences and globalization. In particular our action will aim to restore local cultural heritage by promoting local food typical to the area, cooking techniques used, way people dress, traditions and practices still followed in villages to national and international people. With this project we aim to develop a model for sustainable cultural rural ecotourism.

This project is directly related to cultural heritage. In our ever growing quest to be a global citizen we are losing our cultural identity and heritage. In villages people are still hanging on to their traditional values and with this project we aim to promote local cultural heritage to our volunteers and national youth to make them feel proud of their rich heritage. Even though, India has diverse cultures and respect them all, most of them are rooted in common age old traditions which were followed by all and not only in India but most of the South Asian countries.

Project start: 28/08/2017 Project end: 09/12/2017

Ruchi – India


Neverending International workCamps Exchange (NICE) nice


NICE is a nongovernmental organization and non-profit organization that organises voluntary workcamps in Japan and East Asia. The organization acts as vice-president of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) at UNESCO and as general secretary of the Network for Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA). NICE was founded on the 4th of February 1990 by seven youths who had participated in volunteer workcamps abroad. In September 1990, the first international work camp was held in Japan at the foot of the Mt. Fuji. NICE has been growing rapidly as we rise to the challenge of meeting the ever-increasing needs from communities for targeted projects and motivated volunteers.

Project – Misato Workcamp

Misato is located near Iwami-Ginzan, silver mine and a world heritage in Japan, and people there still treasure their traditional culture. However, while Shimane has a long history and beautiful landscape, many local town is depressed due to birthrate declination and increase in proportion of elderly people. Therefore, Misato town office is now promoting new events and cross-cultural exchange to stimulate and enhance the people by international work camp. In Misato, there is a big cultural festival called “bamboo lantern and traditional arts festival” which is one of the biggest festivals in Shimane prefecture. In this festival, many different kinds of culture aspects are included.

Project start/end: The project will be held for 2 weeks in October.

NICE – Japan


Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly (YSDA)ysda-philippines


YSDA is a national youth organization in the Philippines that promotes youth participation for sustainable development and environment. YSDA aims to mainstream youth participation in all levels of decision-making concerning sustainable development and environment by harnessing the spirit of volunteerism and youth leadership.

Project – Center for Youth & Heritage Interpretations

A proposed youth heritage and interpretation center will be located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan. This center has three objectives – to train young people in Hospitality and Heritage Interpretation; second, to be a venue for cultural exchange and dialogue between local youths and visiting guests both local and foreign Lastly, as a youth center with an onsite hostel, it is hoped that through an enterprise the program’s first two objectives could be sustained financially and youths would be able to apply their learnings in hospitality and interpretation.

The project is essentially a Heritage Interpretation program. Interpretation is a conservation strategy and is one way of delivering the message that the WH city of Vigan was the result of Asian, European and Filipino influences. That there can be unity and harmony in diversity.

Project start: 01/03/2017 Project end: 31/12/2018

YSDA – Philippines


International Workcamp Organisation (IWO)iwo

South Korea

IWO is a non-profit and non-governmental organization established in 1999 to promote world peace, global citizenship, youth and community development and cultural exchange through international voluntary service. We are an Executive committee member of CCIVS (Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service) at UNESCO, Paris, a member of NVDA (Network for Voluntary Development in Asia) and a member of Alliance (Alliance of European voluntary service organisations). IWO‘s International Voluntary Service Projects offer young people the opportunity to participate in community-based projects in over 70 countries worldwide. The projects differ enormously ranging from nature conservation, restoration, education and construction to projects that are more socially based including work with adults and children with special needs, teaching or organizing youth/children’s holiday schemes.

Project – Youth Land

Yeongwol, Gangwon province, is a region of culture and fidelity with beautiful natural resources and cultural remains. It was once one of the major coal producers in Korea and some coal mines are still active. However, because of the long distance from Seoul and lack of convenient facilities, tourists only visit Yeongwol for a short time for leisure purpose. Thus the children living in Yeongwol have few opportunities to meet people outside of Yeongwol and especially foreigners.

Therefore, this project has its purpose to provide: International exposure opportunity for kids ages between 7~15 years through interaction with international volunteers as well as learning diversity through camp life with international volunteers. Promote team spirit and enhance sociability is also one of the objectives. Yeongwol is rich for its various cultural heritages both at National and Provincial level. During the camp, we plan to make study trips to the heritage sites, organise campaigns to raise the awareness of children and locals and have an international food day with villagers for international exposure.

Project start: 02/08/2017 Project end: 13/08/2017


Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) vin


VIN is a nonprofit charitable volunteer organization based in Nepal. It was founded in 2005 and is also a member of international volunteer networks worldwide like CCIVS, NVDA, EU Volunteer ALLIANCE, FoVIN-NL, US, and Australia. VIN ’s mission is to empower marginalized communities through enhanced Education, Health, Income generation & Basic infrastructure programs with special focus on women and children by conducting training and research through mobilizing local and international volunteers to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights.

Project – Vajrayogani Conservation Project 2017

A typical Newar settlement of Kathmandu valley, Sankhu is located around 30 km away from Kathmandu city. The devastating earthquake of 25th April and 12th May 2015 has caused huge damage in the settlement and caused uncoverable loss of people and heritage. Sankhu/Vajrayogani has been inscribed in the tentative list of UNESCO world heritage sites, both for the richness of its traditional Newar and Rana style houses and its urban planning which is organized along two main axes, the way to the Bajrayogini temple area and the ancestral trade route to Tibet.

This project aims to promote and protect Vajrayogini and Sankhu area. The specific objectives are: to educate and raise the awareness among the people about the importance of Sankhu and temple area and to clean the area and educate people not to throw the garbage everywhere. Another objective is to help with renovation and reconstruction in the area.

Project start: 05/11/2017 Project end: 17/11/2017

VIN – Nepal


Volunteers for Peace Vietnam (VPV) vpv-logo


VPV is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 2005 to provide help and education to people in both urban and rural Vietnam. Through our offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, our 20 staff members coordinate volunteer placements in North and South Vietnam. Our mission is to promote voluntary work, to attract international and local volunteers, and with their help foster cultural and educational exchange, friendship and peace. VPV‘s mission is to provide care and education, and to address youth and community development needs through voluntary work. We achieve this by collaborating with various international and local partners in order to promote international and local volunteer work, foster cultural and educational exchange, as well as friendship and peace.

Project – Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

The Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long-Hanoi, located in the heart of the capital city of Vietnam, is the most essential, central and best preserved section of the former Thang Long Imperial Citadel. It is in this central axis of the Forbidden City that power resided for thirteen centuries. The main objective of the project is the promotion of the value of The Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi and of the importance of preservation activities through voluntary action and non-formal education. In order to achieve the general objective the following specific objectives will have to be fulfilled:

1. Promoting this new world heritage site globally through international volunteers’ participation.

2. Raise awareness of young local people (pupils/students) about the value of this new world heritage site and drive their responsibility for the preservation of the site.

This specific objective will be achieved through actions aimed at:

– offering the local students an opportunity to learn about world heritage issues through the interaction with international volunteers;

– inspiring local students to think about their responsibility for the promotion and preservation of this special site.

Project start: 11/09/2017 Project end: 23/09/2017

VPV – Vietnam





Concordia is a national non-governmental and non-profit organisation and has been promoting peace and intercultural exchanges through international voluntary service projects since 1950, along with a large number of partners around the world. Concordia’s voluntary projects in France are short term (International Workcamps) and mid/long term (EVS, Service Civique) – and no two projects are the same! Helping out on one of our projects can mean protecting the environment, restoring a classified monument, promoting cultural or traditional heritage, plan activities for a youth community centre, supporting a local charity, etc.

Project – Eaux Bonnes

Eaux Bonnes, mountain city at the top of the Ossau Valley, is a renowned spa in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains and the largest ski area in the region. For the eighth year in a row, Concordia participates to the rehabilitation of one of the many shepherd shelters that can be found in the hills above the town. It is a unique opportunity to experience life in the mountains and meet its people. Eaux Bonnes is located 50Km south of Pau city and 30Km from the Spanish border. Volunteers will be in the mountains for the restoration of the shelter and will sleep on site. Hiking , climbing initiation and discovery of local traditions will be offered during leisure times.

Volunteers will renovate a pastoral shelter in the municipal area. The work will mainly concern the consolidation of dry stone walls and the installation of a traditional slateroof. Some work will eventually be done inside and outside the building to make the shelter available to hikers. Volunteers will be accommodated in tents on the work place.

The site is at 2400 meters of altitude, 2 hours of mountain hiking far from the town.Living conditions are very basic as you will be in the mountain all week (no electricity, running water or internet). Volunteers will need to have proper equipment against cold and rain. During the weekends volunteers will stay, as a group, in a cottage in the village. They will share the various collective tasks and prepare meals together. It is necessary to be in a good physical condition and ready to do sport to participate to this project asvolunteers will need to climb the mountain up and down regularly.

Project start: 03/08/2017 Project end: 24/08/2017

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Concordia – France


sj-franceSolidarités Jeunesses (SJ)


SJ was the French branch of the international movement – Action Jeunesses pour la Paix (AJP) until 2009. The movement was founded in 1923 after the First World War by Etienne Bach. The association takes its present form in 1956 and continues its work based on the need to go beyond national, confessional and cultural boundaries and work for a concrete construction of peace.

SJ today, as part of this movement, make sure that young people and adults gather together around projects and practices of social commitment. Our hope, the choices of actions and projects that we lead together, alone determine our dynamics and our practice of movement

Project – Lesdiguieres Castle

Lesdiguieres’ castle is of special interest for us for different reasons. Firstly, his historical monument is to be found in a very rural area of the Alps. There are not that many historical monuments in the Hautes-Alpes and we find it important to preserve those we have. Secondly, the duke of Lesdiguieres is an important character in this region: he was quite a terrible belligerent in war times but also contributed to the construction of roads, bridges etc. to facilitate the economic development in the region. Third, a special cultural event will be organised in 2017 in this site: conferences, stands, workshops and concerts are planned. The volunteers will be associated to the organisation and promotion of the event. Lastly, we have been doing international workcamps in this place since 2010. After all these years, we have suggested to develop a bigger project in partnership with other associations working in the field of inclusion.

The objectives are to make the site more attractive and lively for tourists by having people working there all summer, to provide work to unemployed people and to provide trainings in specific fields such as traditional renovation. 2017 will be the starting point of this project and we think it might be inspiring for volunteers coming from many different countries and working with local people. One of the objectives is of course the intercultural dialogue between young volunteers from all over the world and from different social backgrounds. During 3 weeks, the volunteers will live and work together, cook in turn, share everyday life, free time and visit the region.

Project start: 12/07/2017 Project end: 01/08/2017


Rempart Unionrempart

Rempart union was created in 1966. It has more than 170 local associations that preserve and promote heritage throughout France. These associations are working on a very wide range of historical sites (chapel, castles, houses, but also lime kilns or wash houses). Many of them organize volunteer workcamps and welcome more than 3,000 French and foreign volunteers each year.

Rempart associations do not only preserve and restore sites: they reuse and redevelop them to contribute to the local development. This way, a ruin may become a live venue, and a rural house a gate. To sensitize the general public to the heritage is important for REMPART and its associations. That is why they organize heritage classes, or publish heritage and technical books. The actions of REMPART and its associations are generally supported by partners such as the Ministries of Culture, Youth, Environment or Social Affairs, as well as by local authorities.

Project – Heritage Missions

Discovering a region with the French inhabitants is ideal. During a two-week stay, two days are usually dedicated to leisure activities and visits in the region. Organisers know the nice places to see and those to avoid, and the not-to-be missed events. Also included in the program, depending on possibilities: visits, hiking, sports and cultural activities. The sites are often located in the countryside: village festivals provide a guaranteed French atmosphere!

During the workcamp, and as the international dimension makes the group dynamic more complex, the associations encourage and devote time to intercultural exchange. The specificities of every participant are considered. Open-mindedness, a desire to discover, exchange and participate is expected on the part of foreign participants. The volunteers will learn special techniques such as stone cutting, site mapping, coating, mural painting, masonry or sculpture: select a workcamp specialized in this technique, or better yet, participate in a technical training.

Information on workcamps is published (catalogue and website) in April.

Rempart Union – France


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Etudes et Chantier‘s history of “construction pedagogy” begins at the end of World War I when a Swiss brings war-torn people together to rebuild a symbolic city: Verdun. A collective of Swiss, French, Germans and Belgians decide together to rebuild Verdun in order to rebuild Peace. Etudes et Chantiers implements projects that are part of a specific pedagogical approach and are implemented in a local dynamic of development and involvement of the inhabitants together with the volunteers.

Project – Batterie de la pointe

The volunteers will renovate two Tunnels of the “Batterie de la pointe” thanks to techniques of renovation approved by the Architects of buildings from France and used by the employees with social issues for the renovation of the site (hydraulic lime) they first scrape the stones and the old joints damaged and then put a coating. They will also build steps to access to the hives.

Project start 15/07/2017 Project end: 30/07/2017

Etudes et Chantiers – France




Service Civil International – Hellas (SCI-Hellas) 


SCI is an international peace movement which has existed since 1920 and promotes peace and international cooperation through international voluntary short-term projects (workcamps), medium and long-term programs, training and seminars, campaigns, etc., working with organizations and groups that promote such ideas. SCI-Hellas is the Greek part of SCI called “Movement Volunteer SCI Hellas”, and operated continuously since 1983. The SCI promotes informal intercultural education and peace education, organizes international voluntary projects small (workcamps) or long term (long term volunteering), and helps to send volunteers from Greece in similar programs around the world. The SCI is always inspired by the vision of its founders: a world of peace, social justice and sustainable development, in mutual respect environment without any reason recourse to any form of violence for dispute management.

Project – 14th BC to 13th AD

Methodology: in site research of local people and visitors in and near UNESCO Heritage List Monuments in Greece. Aim: to demonstrate the impact of the presence of a UNESCO Heritage List Monument to the development of awareness of the Global Cultural consciousness. Groups of local people and visitors will perform interviews with closed questionnaires and oral interviews.

Schedule: three days preparation of the traveling workcamp. Three days interviews around Acropolis of Athens. Groups of 4 volunteers for three days (five days including traveling days) at the monuments of Mystras, Hosios Loukas and Mycenae. On the three last days of the workcamp all the volunteers will meet again in order to conclude on the outcomes of the research and to edit the video.

Project start: 16/08/2017 Project end: 29/08/2017




Legambiente is a non-profit association born in 1980. The mission of the association is to make the environmental culture the centre of a new kind of development and diffused well-being. Important values for the association are the improvement of environmental quality, the fight against all forms of pollution, a wise use of natural resources, the construction of a more balanced relationship between human beings and the nature. Legambiente aims to spread those values since it could be an effective way to respond to the challenges of our time: the modernization of the economy, the commitment to beat unemployment, the struggle for peace and against all forms of discrimination and social injustice, the effort to consider globalization not only as a mere trading of goods but also as a means to improve quality of life and to give rights to billions of men and women forced to live in poverty.

Project – Museum of ancient agricultural tools

Soon outside the center of Rome, there are many rural areas witnessing the recent rural past of central Italy. The XII municipality of Rome hosts an agrarian institute with 72 ha. It started, some years ago, to study and collect the different ancient tools that spread in the area; the aim is to enhance the valorization of the ancient agricultural traditions and the promotion of a sustainable agriculture.

In the framework of this big project, Legambiente will support this process in creating a museum of the ancient agricultural tools, while an association of historic equipment will repair the tools and will make them working again together with the students of the institute that will attend a specific laboratory. The main activities of the workcamp will be the cleaning of the area nearby the museum, the setting of explanatory panels for the museum and the construction of furniture. The project will have an impact on the citizens of the area, the students of the institute and to visitors and tourists.

Project start: 10/07/2017 Project end: 23/07/2017



yap-italyYouth Action for Peace Italy (YAP) 


YAP Italy has been active since 1971 and has been working in cooperation with other international organizations and local partners active in the volunteering service. With the common aim to develop and promote peace, solidarity, knowledge, cooperation and volunteering through projects based on non-formal education such as work camps and more. YAP Italy  is also member of CCIVS-UNESCO and of ALLIANCE of European Voluntary Service Organisations.

Project – Make It Blue

The work camp is organized by YAP in cooperation with ACARBIO (Association Costiera Amalfitana Riserva Biosfera) and the local municipality of Minori. ACARBIO is an NGO engaged in the candidature of the Amalfi Coast as Biosphere Reserve within the MABUNESCO programme. ACARBIO’s activities focus on the conservation and safeguarding of the natural and historical-cultural heritage of the Amalfi Coast, by promoting all kinds of sustainable development. Projects involve the environment, biodiversity, tourism, local tradition, mobility and green energy. Among the many activities of the organisation, international workcamps are becoming more and more important. In the past 2 years YAP organized 12 workcamps with ACARBIO, about cleaning of green areas, the beach, workshops for kids on recycling and upcycling, building of natural houses, etc. These projects were organized under the name of Make it Green and Make it Blue.

As ACARBIO has worked these years promoting a more sustainable approach towards Mother Nature, this project represents an opportunity to raise awareness about environmental protection at a local level, and at the same time promoting volunteering, international cooperation and the involvement of local youth.

Project start: 01/07/2017

YAP Italy


cidCenter for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) 


CID is a civil society organization working to promote intercultural acceptance and active citizenship through capacity building processes, education and youth work. Its mission is to ensure sustainable community development by creating opportunities for quality engagement of civil society, advancing learning opportunities, and active involvement of young people and other citizens. CID develops its activity on local, national, regional and international levels. We run a fully functional youth center in Kumanovo, and we offer support to the local volunteers in developing and implementing their own projects. Our pool of trainers delivers high quality training and consultancy both on national and international levels.

Project – Multi Kulti Cube – Social Youth Service

The proposed activities are expected to serve as a vehicle for opening a dialogue among stakeholders on the specific social cohesion/human rights challenges affecting young women and men in Kumanovo. The combination of NGOs, youth and media and the innovative youth outlets will provide a unique set of opportunities allowing an open dialogue in which new knowledge and ideas can be shared in a constructive environment.

The project has four elements: – Creating an inclusive space for youth-led activities that will engage all ethnic communities and orientations in a spirit of diversity and human rights; – Providing training and modest financial support to community activities prioritised and executed by young people themselves; – Supporting volunteer youth activity in addressing the migrant crisis (Kumanovo is the main exit point for migrants transiting the country) as a tool for internal social cohesion; and – Mobilising young volunteers to identify and meet priority needs for young women and girls, with an emphasis on community safety and security.

Information on dates not yet available

CID – Macedonia


sci-catalunyaService Civil International Catalunya (SCI CAT) 


SCI CAT  was founded in 1982 and represents one of the 40 branches which form the network of Service Civil International. SCI CAT  uses tools such as voluntary workcamps, medium or long term international volunteering (LTV) projects and training and awareness activities. SCI Catalunya works in partnership with different local voluntary groups and takes part in diverse social movements and campaigns.

Project – Archeology and History: Between Old and New!

This workcamp will be based on an archeological site on the island of Mallorca. Volunteers will be responsible for its cleaning, preserving and accessibility. They will also play a very important role on connecting the local population with cultural heritage, since the residents are increasingly heterogeneous and unaware of their own surroundings. Volunteers will really have the chance of becoming familiar with the island’s social and cultural reality.

The tasks of the volunteers will be paving and cleaning materials accumulated over the archaeological remains. Making it accessible for visitors is also very important, so volunteers will move rocks and cut bushes to open paths and facilitate access. The field is part of a larger project for the enhancement of the historical heritage of the town and continues to be held under the supervision of an archaeologist. Volunteers will understand how this archaeological heritage is used as a way to consolidate the local community. The local organization will take volunteers on some tours for them to discuss these issues that will be worked on every day in the field.

The project will take place in October, dates to be announced 

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SCI CAT – Spain